So, how did everyone fare over the weekend? In what was a relatively average week, hopefully most of us managed to climb up the rankings with a few picks doing nicely. Aguero aside (Although he was unlucky)! We must quickly turn our attention to GW25, which I need to remind everyone is a midweek fixture. The quick turnaround means the captains will be out ASAP tomorrow, but for now I thought I’d throw a few names into the hat for this week, as well as creating some discussion.
My thoughts at this stage of the season is to be wary of knee-jerking your way onto a bandwagon, as I feel having a strong squad is vital. We are closing in on some blank gameweeks, which will soon be followed by a double gameweek or three. I was extremely tempted to chase after a 5 premo midfield, however there’s far too much value going around to be making your team look pretty. I also believe teams can get too bland when everyone’s team value reaches it’s peak, so here are some of the lesser owned options…
Defoe – Shockingly owned by 3% of the competition, Defoe is an out and out goalscorer. At just 6.0 he will provide you with goals more often than not, you can’t ask for more than that. Kane remains a must have so it will mean going forward with 2 cheaper strikers, however I will be rotating Downing and Defoe. I’m not usually one for rotation, however having a guy like Defoe or Downing on your bench is incredibly handy when the blanks start to kick in, if you can afford it of course. Prioritise your starting XI always. Sunderland’s fixtures are sublime, so have their players in mind when on the hunt for value. Van Aanholt is still the defensive pick of the bunch.
Naughton – Keep an eye out for rejects from higher clubs dropping down to play for a mid table side. Naughton is a perfect example. He didn’t get a look into the Spurs team, but now that he’s a Swansea player he’s a lock in their starting XI every week. Even better is that he poses a great attacking threat, and costs just 4.3!!! Swansea’s defence remains solid and he is a great option for those looking to rotate, or just have some solid backup. I’ve brought him in.
Alderweireld – Yes he’s not back yet, but once he is keep him firmly on the watchlist. Koeman rates him highly and priced at just 4.9, you have your bargain route into one of the best defences in the league. Expect him to return within the next few weeks.
Walters – Another superb option to increase your teams depth. Walters is a match winner on his day, and is well underpriced at just 5.3. On the back of a hat-trick 2 weeks ago he will make you some money at least, and Bojan’s injury has freed up a forward slot that he is already relishing. Great option.
Warning: Ings – If old man Defoe doesn’t quite fit your taste, Ings might. Just don’t let that be the case. Yes he has now warmed to the Premier league, but Burnley’s fixtures are a joke. His next 9 games include; Man United, Chelsea, Swansea, Liverpool, Man City, Southampton, Spurs, Arsenal, Everton. 8 of those 9 games are against top 10 opposition, the only one that isn’t is Everton away. Avoid.
There you have a few options that hopefully leave you with a few decisions to make! Post January wildcard, here is my squad set up for the remainder of the season:
With 0.3 in the bank and Walcott likely to become Sterling in the near future, Baird and Hamer can be upgraded to reasonable backups to round out my team. Hopefully that can carry me through any carnage thrown our way!
Let me know how you all fared this week in the following format:
I had a reasonable week…
Rank (Overall): 29k
Lords: Clyne, Ivanovic, hazard, Kane
Losers: Walcott, Gayle
Trades: Gayle/Jones -> Defoe/Naughton
Vent/Brag: Di Maria continuing to fluff it!
Other Comments: Love a quick turnaround…
I haven’t had time to write as much as I would like this season, so hopefully this helped out a little! Post any queries or thoughts in the comments along with how you fared!